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[pos-uh l-kyoo] /ˈpɒs əlˌkyu/
noun, plural POSSLQs, POSSLQ's.
either of two persons, one of each sex, who share living quarters but are not related by blood, marriage, or adoption: a categorization used by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Origin of POSSLQ
p(erson of the) o(pposite) s(ex) s(haring) l(iving) q(uarters) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Word Origin and History for POSSLQ

1979, acronym from person of opposite sex sharing living quarters; it never was an official category.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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person of the opposite sex sharing living quarters
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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